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Girl with a Ribbon
Girl with a Ribbon Height 75mm (monument)
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
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Introduction
Girl with a Ribbon, item ARM35204, from Armor35 is a new addition to their range of 1/35 Stalin-era statues and monuments. Statues and monuments celebrating Soviet workers, athleticism and beauty were erected across the Soviet Union under Stalin. "Barmaley Fountain", or officially Children's Khorovod, in Stalingrad is an iconic image of that battle.

While these are created to be statues common in the Soviet Union, perhaps they have the option of being painted as regular figures?

This model has a companion: Girl With an Oar (see link in Summary).

Girl with a Ribbon
This 1/35 resin kit is almost three inches high, about 8 feet tall in 1/35. Five pieces make the model;
    Body trunk with legs
    Head and neck
    Left arm
    Right arm
    Monument base

Sculpted by Svetlana Rykunova, the surface texture is very smooth and casting is crisp. That smooth texture, devoid of foundry or chisel marks common to many monuments of granite or bronze, etc., allows one to use the figure as a person in lieu of a statue. Casting quality is first rate with no air pocks, flash nor mold seam marks marring the gray resin. Only the main body is still attached to the pour block. The arms are not attached and the only flaw I see are slight burrs where they were cut from the casting sprue. That should be quick and simple to get rid of.

Armor35 cleverly made the neck and arms to attach to the body along swimsuit seams.

The pieces are keep together in the small carton in small zip-lock baggies.

Detail
Facial detail is extraordinary. The braided hair is, too. Hands and feet have fine detail as well.

The one-piece swimsuit is modest by today's standard, reaching to the neck. That makes it easy to hide the seam joint between the neck and clavicle.

Painting and assembly instructions
None. Refer to the box art. While I believe that this statue was carved from stone or cast in cement; perhaps it was bronze or another metal. Painting it is limited by your imagination.

Assembly
Armor35 makes the model easy to assemble by, apparently, joining the components while the sculpted material is still uncured, then separating the pieces when more solid. It seems like that to me because the parts join together seamlessly. For this review I joined the parts with simple white glue instead of CA or epoxy, so any gap is due to adhesive sag. The pieces fit tightly to the body and the clever junctions show no gaps. The gaps that you might see are because I tacked the arms and head to the body truck with white glue, not model glue.

Size?
While Armor35 makes this as a 1/35 monument, it has potential for other scales. In 75mm scale - 1/24 - she would be just under a sturdy six feet tall. Considering that women of the era were about five to five-four, this figure scales nicely to 1/20-1/24, model railroading G gauge.

Conclusion
Modelers have a lot of potential with this figure. Whether one wishes to use it as intended in a 1/35 diorama, or as a person in a larger scale, modelers have an excellent model of a woman with Girl with a Ribbon 75mm (Monument).

There is nothing I will complain about this figure other than it appears that each elbow has a bit of a burr from where Armor35 de-sprued the parts. Easily removed so no problem.

This excellent figure has great potential as a statue or as a person. Highly recommended.

Please remember to tell Armor35 and retailers that you saw this figure here -on ARMORAMA.
SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent fit and detail.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: This excellent figure has great potential as a statue or as a person.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: ARM35204
  Related Link: Girl With An Oar
  PUBLISHED: Apr 08, 2016
  NATIONALITY: Russia
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.83%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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Comments

Good review, Fred, of an item that could "make" a Soviet city diorama.
APR 11, 2016 - 06:59 AM
Hi Bill - wait until you see Girl with Oar.
APR 12, 2016 - 05:55 PM
Here is how she can be painted as a figure: LINK
APR 27, 2016 - 01:16 PM
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